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The Violet Hour

#201 of 7,938 Restaurants in Chicago}
$$ - $$$
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
+1 773-252-1500
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“wicker park” (18 reviews)
“speak easy” (10 reviews)
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1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
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1 - 10 of 173 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

The only problem with starting off you evening here is that you just don't want to leave! We ended up skipping our dinner reservation, although this place is not ideal for a true meal as the food is really just some tasty snacks that are...More

Thank P R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes we had to wait 20/25 minutes to get in on a Saturday night but it was very well handled and totally worth it!!!! Uber driver was perplexed when we gave him the address, and that gave us a giggle and we told home just...More

Thank Alison1207
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My husband and I visited The Violet Hour as part of a "secret bar tour." We actually walked right by it to meet our host and never would have known it was there. The door is painted the same color as the wall (which is...More

1  Thank Abbey B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Beautiful decor, excellent & friendly service, outstanding cocktails. Three of us sat at the bar and enjoyed the show: the bartenders really know their stuff and we had a lot of fun chatting with them. The decor is really lovely and interesting -- tons of...More

Thank Charlene V
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

This is definitely one of the coolest bars I've ever been to. It's won tons if awards and could be intimidating. However, we found the staff to be fantastic, very enthusiastic about their "craft" and helped us pick the best drinks to match our taste....More

Thank rwgrncrd
Reviewed 21 July 2017

The Violet Hour is a great place. The cocktails are of the highest level and the atmosphere it great. The have some 'House Rules' that help to keep away types that aren't into this kind of establishment. Basically they don't want you on your cell...More

Thank AndrewEldritch
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Once you find this no-signage place, you enter into a different world for drinking. The drinks are pricey, but I know of no other place that has the most educated and creative bartenders in Chicago. Sure, you say,....but it's true!, and I DO love my...More

Thank deltawave
Reviewed 11 July 2017

If you don't mind waiting outside for a while before being seated at the Violet Hour, this is the place to go to in Chicago for tasty cocktails at a reasonable price! The cocktails are as good as the much more expensive Aviary and you...More

Thank HT0375
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Had a great time at the Violet Hour. Probably not cool enough for the place, but the waiter was very nice and helpful. We didn't have to wait at all as it was a Sunday and they were not busy. I enjoyed all the drinks...More

Thank lydia3121
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This was my second visit and was very pleased as last time. It was a Friday night with a line to get in, but the door person is very efficient at getting people in as seats open. I did not personally mind waiting as I...More

Thank Joseph S
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15 December 2016|
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Response from Jonathan B | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, they are definitely known for their cocktails but I can't imagine they would not have wine. I suggest you call or email them to make sure.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 02:00
18:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622-1967
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Neighbourhood: Wicker Park / Bucktown
  • Phone Number: +1 773-252-1500
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